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Offline Laurentic

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Re: Re: Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition 2024
« Reply #45 on: June 07, 2024, 07:25:43 PM »
You seem to have given yourself a big job Mike, organising a MEM stall at this show and having to deal with an alien (to us) way of working a show, but I for one am very grateful that you have.  The proof will be in the pudding as the saying goes, and I and sure that the proof will show a success and maybe, just maybe, convince the organisers that an alternative vision of how a show should be run not only exists but adds to their show.  Well done for taking it to them.  See you there!

Chris

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Re: Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition 2024
« Reply #46 on: June 08, 2024, 12:21:56 PM »
Hello Chris,

Thanks for saying that, very much appreciated. Yes, there is a lot to organise and much more to come. I don't mind doing it; it's my way of repaying a dept to the hobby which has given me so much pleasure over the years.

It all started immediately after last years Midland 2023 show. A number of people commented on the sterile rows of unattended locos on display with nobody to talk too. The 'drop them off on Wednesday, pick them up on Sunday' may have been very convenient for the organisers but gave little though to the needs of the exhibitors themselves. Many MEM members expressed the desire to bring our models (our life's work??) for only one or two days. Non of us are getting any younger and may no longer have the endurance or finances for more days. Most expressed the need for more freedom to interact and talk with the many visitors.

Jason advised the show organisers to read the discussions on the MEM forum to get some genuine unbiased feedback on their show. They did, and have agreed to make big changes to the arrangements for this year. So, I have the cooperation of the organisers and loads of enthusiastic volunteers from the MEM members who are within reach of the Midland show ground.

We have a basic plan, which is acceptable to the show organisers, but it shows we a a bit exposed on the Sunday. However, I have until the end of August before I need to finalise the stand manning and provide a manifest of the models and their daily movements. It's a long time till then and longer to the show, lots of things and circumstance could change in the meantime, so I don't intend to try to cast the plan in concrete until August at the earliest. Who knows what can or will happen? We need to stay flexible.

Looking at the stand manning and models on display we currently have:

Thursday: Vixen with a selection of radial and GP engines      Simplyloco with his triple steam engine

Friday:      Vixen with a selection of radial and GP engines      Simplyloco with his triple steam engine  Twizseven with a selection or stationary engines and other small engines

Saturday:  Chipmaster with a selection of stationary engines   Charles Lemont with his cam grinding rig   Twizseven with a selection or stationary engines and other small engines

Sunday:  Chipmaster with a selection of stationary engines, supported by a friend to man the stand.

That's how it looks at the moment, we can still shuffle things about before the end of August, when we know how things stand.



Thank you all for your help and patience.

Cheers   :cheers:

Mike
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